The Ghana health service in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service and other stakeholders have launched an app to help adolescents to seek professional advice from health workers.
This app is to help the youth to discuss those issues about their biological changes that they find difficult discussing with their parents.
The deputy director- general of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Gloria Quansah Asare is confident the initiative will help address adolescent issues with easy access, and privacy.
“Our youth are very vibrant and innovative so these are the few innovative ones we have but everybody is doing well in their own phase and it’s not restricted to the schools. They know that they are supposed to work in the schools and also extend to their communities. So people are doing so much and we want to encourage them and it also builds them up.
What we are teaching them here is not only sexual and reproductive health which is one of their issues, but we talk about nutrition, development, assertiveness and how they can handle peer pressure,” she explained.
She continued that, “Life skills are also thought and we hope that when they go back they will extend it together with their friends and teachers. We are also encouraging parents to be interested in this and to get tips.”
“There are some parents when it comes to these issues, they feel shy to talk about with their children. Now, there is the YMK App and is open to everybody. People can log onto it and learn from it.” She added.
“We train the people so that when they go back to their schools they will also train others to become health ambasadors,” added by Yaa Benewaa Yeboah, a member of the youth advisory board and a young facilitator.
Some schools like Olam SHS, Tema SHS and others that performed well, were presented awards to motive others to also put in more efforts.